The nation’s Intercontinental Ballistic Missile System (ICBM) has protected the nation against the possibility of nuclear attack by adversaries for six decades. Located on United States Air Force bases, missiles such as Atlas, Titan, Peacekeeper and Minuteman I, II and III have maintained a constant state of readiness as the ground-based leg of the nuclear triad.
General Bernard Schriever and TRW co-founder Simon Ramo shake hands following award of contract award to TRW to oversee the U.S. Air Force’s Intercontinental Ballistic Missile program in 1954.
The complex system has been updated and enhanced over the years, but is aging and due for replacement. That replacement is the Ground-Based Strategic Deterrent (GBSD), a follow-on system designed to incorporate emerging strategic missile technologies to increase performance, security, nuclear safety and surety while reducing life cycle costs and modernizing the infrastructure. GBSD represents a recapitalization of the full weapons system.
Northrop Grumman is ideally suited to design this system. In 1954, TRW, now part of Northrop Grumman, was awarded a contract to provide system engineering and technical direction to the USAF. The company has been a trusted partner and integrator on the ICBM system ever since then.
Northrop Grumman is bringing its renowned system engineering skills, as well as its expertise in flight systems, launch systems, and command and control systems to GBSD. And the result will be a solution that enables GBSD to penetrate the toughest threat environments while providing USAF with a modern, upgradable and more capable system through 2075.